IAQA has issued a Call for Papers for its 15th Annual Meeting, March 5-7, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nev. Once again IAQA will combine exposition halls with the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) for the largest Indoor Air Expo ever held. The ACCA 44th Annual Meeting will take place simultaneous to that of IAQA, and those in attendance will have opportunities to participate in both conventions. IAQA and ACCA members will come together each day for networking, meals and social events at the Indoor Air Expo.
Abstract submittals are due by July 31, 2011. Persons interested in giving technical presentations must submit an abstract no more than 400 words in length that gives the title of the presentation and a brief description of its contents. Submittals must also include the speaker’s biography and must distinguish whether the presentation could be 45 or 60 minutes in length. Final selections will be made by IAQA by August 30 and authors will be notified by September 30. Please note that those selected will be required to submit complete technical papers and Power Point presentations to IAQA by Dec. 15. Send your submittal to firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax to (301) 231-8321.
Presentations to the IAQA technical conference must be strictly non-commercial. All presenters will need to submit a non-commercial agreement prior to final scheduling. Presenters of papers accepted for conference presentation will need to confirm their participation prior to final scheduling. IAQA will work with individuals who may be eligible to receive CEUs as a result of giving a presentation. Presenters may be eligible to receive CEUs from the following certifying organizations: American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH), American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC), National Air Filtration Association (NAFA), National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), North American Technician Excellence (NATE), Restoration Industry Association (RIA), and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
Pre-conference training courses have been added to the conference program, and IAQA is seeking abstract submittals for these courses as well. These courses should either cover the fundamental basics of an area of indoor air quality, or should provide advanced training in the theory and practice of a topic relevant to indoor air quality, including HVAC and building science. Proposals are requested for both basic and advanced courses. Proposals should indicate whether it is for a basic or advanced course and include: a) statement of need; b) specific learning objectives; and, c) an outline of the subject material. All material in courses must be substantiated by scientific literature citations or in areas lacking research, noted as based on experience or otherwise clearly attributed to a source. Pre-conference training courses must include either 4 or 8 hours of content (inclusive of time for breaks and meals).
All members, including contractors and consultants are invited to present examples of their real-world experiences in a poster session. Poster sessions will take place during various times of the IAQA Annual Meeting. IAQA will make easels and space available for the display of posters. Posters should include a description of a general problem and the specific issues encountered. Posters should also include a description of how the issues were resolved or what conditions prevented the satisfactory resolution of the problem. Project photographs or charts and tables of results should be included to illustrate the issues. Guidance and helpful hints on the development of a poster presentation are available.
IAQA also wishes to pair presentations for translation of principles/theory into practice/solutions. Experts and practitioners are requested to team up and submit proposals for presentations. The learning objective of these presentations will lay the foundation for understanding principles and then discuss the reality of using the knowledge and training in the field. Presentations are specifically requested on: moisture measurement in materials; interpretation of laboratory analytical results; principles of developing a sample strategy; and, interaction with other professionals on multidisciplinary teams. Presentations, either basic or advanced are also welcome on other topics related to indoor environments.
For additional information please contact the IAQA at (301) 231-8388.